Winning students participate in the European Committee of the Regions Plenary in Brussels
Winners of the last edition of the EA/CoR Secondary Schools Competition participated in the European Committee of the Regions plenary session held in Brussels on the 12-13 July.
The 12th edition of the competition took place in Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Scotland and Slovakia, and involved pupils aged between 14-18 years. The first stage of the competition was a multiple choice test that assessed the pupils' knowledge on the European Union and the EU institutions, while the second one was to write an essay on the role of young people for the future success of the EU.
Pupils from each participating school with the best results in both stages participated in a three-day study trip to Brussels on the 11-13th July 2017. A total of 21 students and teachers participated. They met the current President and the 1st Vice President of the CoR, Mr Markku Markkula and Mr Karl-Heinz Lambertz, as well as the members of the European Alliance group.
As part of their trip, the young students had the opportunity to visit the European Parliament and to learn about the history of the European Union at the European House of History. They also enjoyed discovering beautiful Brussels through a tour of its historical city centre.
After meeting the pupils at the CoR, Mr Szwabski said: "This is the twelfth year that the EA Group has organized a schools competition which brings together young students from different countries and regions of Europe. This competition celebrates the diversity of Europe's regions and stands every year as an example of how the European institutions can strengthen the bonds with their local roots, as well as with the generation shaping the future of the EU."